The article which inspired this…
Basically the same dynamics that empowered the Tea Party in 2009 are the same ones which are empowering India’s and Europe’s Right. You have fake Left parties in power, whether the Democrats, India’s “Communists/Marxists,” or Europe’s “Social Democrats” who after years of seeking respectability and selling out, are now hollowed-out centrist business parties in practice.
So besides the bias of capital and its donations toward the Right, there’s also the fact that people, faced with crisis, go for the alternative which seems edgy, radical, and which has internally coherent logic. In fact this article characterizes the election of far-Right parties as “a snub to austerity” imposed by the EU. Not saying it’s the best description, but the fact that someone could even think that thought gives a hint at the political climate. Basically it’s the same shit as Weimar Germany — economic difficulties discredit the Center and the fake Left, so your only remaining choices are Hard Left and Hard Right.
The far Right asserts Race and Nation; against those we must assert something equally radical, and equally compelling: Class and Direct Democracy.
It’s hard to walk the balance between electoral abstentionism and selling out, but it can be done, and we don’t really have a choice. It’s the only antidote to this rising tide. The USA needs a socialist party and not a super-fragmented Left in the first place, and the rest of the world needs radicals in the broad “Left” parties to organize effectively and/or split as necessary. The Left’s foolish mistakes of petty fragmentation, waiting on shit sellout parties to transform themselves, and holier-than-thou refusal to partake in elections are costing us, big time. If you are playing to win, you will get real about these things instead of moaning about fascism.